It’s convenient that three shops in South Minneapolis open Wednesday starting in the late morning. All were ready for the outdoor garden and patio season with furniture, accessories and plants for sale. The fragrance of lilacs in The Urban Cottage’s backyard was amazing. Inside at Urban were classic, subdued pieces with lots of style plus vintage jewelry, pearls, mirrors, frames and handcrafted bags, belts, and greeting cards. Urban Cottage is open through Sunday at 52nd and Bloomington Ave. S. To the north, Flamingos Divine Finds at 3404 Cedar Ave. S. has a vibrant assortment of furniture, decor, and vintage clothing – something for every taste. Flamingos is open Wed-Sun 10-6 daily. To the west, The Cottage House at 4304 Chicago Ave. S. has expanded to two buildings filled with various styles of furniture and home decor from rustic to shabby chic as well as a roomful of sassy t-shirts. The Cottage House is open through Sunday as well. Check This Month’s Sales for complete information on these shops and those which are open this evening: The Garden Party Gallery in Hopkins, Mama’s Happy in Independence, and The Picket Fence Gals in Lindstrom. Happy saling!